NW Hi-Tech comes back
James Calhoun has combined his enthusiasm for technology and the Estacada community to open the doors to NW Hi-Tech Solutions again.
The business initially owned by Jordan Winthrop had been closed since mid 2017. But in late November, Calhoun set up shop at 335 Broadway St.
"I hope to continue what Jordan established," Calhoun said. "I love technology. I've worked on computers since 1990. I've built a lot of computers, serviced systems and designed networks."
At NW Hi-Tech Solutions, Calhoun specializes in everything from hardware and software to 3-D printing and data recovery and removal. In addition to working from the Broadway Street storefront, he will do on-site consultations as needed.
"I'm here to serve people's technology needs," he said. "I'm here to serve this community. I really like this community. The town has a pretty neat feel to it."
Previously, Calhoun worked in the computer consulting in industry in Happy Valley, Eugene and Carson City, Nev. He also worked as a hotel manager in Reno.
Calhoun moved to Estacada two years ago, and he wants people to feel comfortable when they stop by the store.
"I want people to feel like they're my guests, and feel comfortable coming in and having a conversation. I'm like a barber or a bartender, except I'm not serving drinks and I won't cut your hair," he said. "I hope people leave feeling elevated and happy."
Calhoun is eager to help visitors to NW Hi-Tech discover the technology that works best for them.
"I enjoy sitting and designing a system that fits a person and what they're doing," he said.
He added that he also strives to integrate longevity and technology.
"I believe in people's technology working for as long as they need it to work," he said. "If you don't need a new one, don't get one yet."
He noted that his favorite piece of technology is the computer, though he's eager to help with any type of technology.
"I still like computers the most," he said. "I can work on tablets and cell phones, but I still like computers."